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Fairy Crowns and Birthday Parties

I spent all yesterday morning making fairy crowns for the girlies’ birthday party. They’re still a work in progress, but it felt good to dig around in the stash of creative detrius and make something new and different. I am very used to the idea of cultivating and using a stash. I recently organized my sock yarn stash. I would have done more, but I ran out of plastic shoe boxes. But stash use is usually reserved for knitting, as I don’t really do many other crafts.

I was inspired by these fairy crowns on etsy. Mine aren’t nearly as cool as those ones, but considering that I need to make a minimum of 8 girly fairy crowns in order for all potential female birthday guests under the age of 8 to wear, I’m not sweating it. I’m consoling myself with the knowledge that 1.) I made all the current fairy crowns from stuff I had on hand. yay! 2.) I’m going to either buy or recycle some silk flowers from my mom to finish them out. 3.) They’re not done because they don’t have the flowers yet.

Do you know how much easier it is to plan a girl’s birthday party as opposed to a boy’s? Way easier! Especially since the girlies’ b-day is in Spring, they get a large party. The boy usually gets a smaller affair, because our house isn’t great for entertaining large groups when we can’t hang out on the deck. So the girls always get a beautiful birthday dress and a big party. But Little X isn’t entirely left out. When we buy presents for the girls we always make sure all three kids can play with them. And X usually gets a bit more spent on presents to make up for his smaller party. This year, he got a really cool candle wreath. It was a huge hit. He blew out the candles three times. There was no danger of spit flying over the flock of sheep cupcakes or wax melting in. I guess it all works out in the end. I think for his 3rd birthday maybe I’ll work harder on a theme and make him custom party hats. A boy wouldn’t be embarrassed that his mother made him wear a party hat, would he?

I’m making the girls pillowcase dresses out of Amy Butler fabric. It will be Pink Lotus for the top, with a wide band of Full Moon Polka Dots at the hem. Since my favorite place to purchase girly dresses went out of business last year, I’m trying the handmade option this year. It’s a bit daunting, but since in a former life I worked a boutique fabric and sewing machine shop, I know I’ll be fine. It’s my lack of dedicated sewing space that tends to hamstring me. I’ll let you know how it goes. My fabric arrives today and I want to get started!

 Best be off to actually get some work done while the kids are “napping”.

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They’re done, and I’ve moved on.

Mushroom Mittens Chart - click to see actual patternI finished the Thrummed Mushroom colorwork mittens for my swap partner. I carefully washed and blocked them, lovingly wrapped them, and mailed them on their way to Canada…..and then realized I never took a finished picture of them! Oi! What an oversight! Anyway, they’re beautiful and I hope Jane likes them. Jane, if you’re reading this, then you know what to expect, but you’ll have to wait to see them in person before you know what they really look like, because of my aforementioned omission.

Click the picture of the Mushroom Mitten Chart to be taken to the actual chart. Use as you like, but please don’t reproduce the pattern or mitten for sale. Thanks!

 Sometimes I forget that I know how to do other things beside knit and dye yarn. There was a time when I spent the majority of my free time sewing and quilting. In fact, before the girlies were born, I even had my own long arm quilting business. Imagine a huge sewing machine set on a 10′ table used for quiliting full sized quilts. The pregnancy quickly put an end to that business, as there was no way for me to be able to run the machine with a huge belly. But I do have a beautiful, hand pieced Mariner’s Compass tree skirt, quilted by myself to show for that business venture. Just prior to that I worked in a small, specialty sewing shop for several years. Blankies under the tree

I was acutally nicely impressed with my ability to remember how to sew after about four years of very little sewing. It’s so hard to sew when you have little kids, and no dedicated space. I sewed these cute flannel and fleece rag quilts for the girlies for Christmas. Their original fleece and flannel blankets (Given to them just after they were born…) were wearing out. I got these done, start to finish in two days. Not bad, given that I’ve also been knitting a hat, knitting a scarf, sewing mittens and quilting. True, the project is simple, but it did involve cutting 80 squares, sewing a x down the middle, piecing together the quilts and cutting 1″ slits along every seam, and the entire outside of the blanket. The girlies like them, and I hope the blanket transition will be a smooth one. The fabrics were chosen to hide wear and show minimal dirt, and are cute to boot!

Merry Christmas to you all, if I don’t check in before then. I was just working out my shopping list, and let’s just say it’s a good one. I have at least three steady days of Christmas celebrations and chaos looming before me, and a lot to get done before then. I wish you a very blessed and crafty New Year for you and yours, too!

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